Have you ever rent a house or an apartment for your holidays? We did twice and it was actually really nice, but I don’t know…. we tend to book hotels!! The thing is that when we’re planning a trip we usually look for accommodation both in vacation rentals websites and hotel booking websites but we always end up booking hotel rooms. Maybe it is because we don’t feel really safe renting a stranger’s house, or because we love having our bed made with crispy sheets every day, or because we love a good hotel breakfast, or because we are addicted to room service…
We always browse through Roomorama, Wimdu and Airbnb, which I particularly like because of its neighbourhood guides. Do you know any other sites? Have you got any tips? We’d love to know!!! Guys, we know you’re there because we see you in our stats, so leave a comment! You’ll make our day!
Image Marie Claire July 2010 via Solid frog.
Marseille has been declared European Capital of Culture this year and we think that’s a fantastic excuse to visit this lovely city with more than 2500 years of history. Located in the Southeast coast of France, Marseille is one of the largest commercial ports of the Mediterranean sea, as well as the main entrance to the fabulous Côte d’Azur.
* Writing this post is going to be a challenge… How to explain Feria de Abril to someone who has never been there or doesn’t have a Spanish background? Ok, we’ll try!
This Monday starts one of the best weeks of the year in Seville: it’s Feria! Do you know that lots of people think that all the women in the South of Spain dress like a flamenca, and there are horses and toreros everywhere, and everyone drinks and dances and sings all day long? Well, that’s only true this week!!!
What started as a livestock fair has turned into a week of casetas, rebujito, sevillanas and jamón. And yes, if you want to visit the Feria, you better learn these words! And you should also follow the advice of my lovely wife who being a Sevillian herself has prepared a nice list of tips for guiris (that means you, foreigners) who want to make the most of this fun and great week.
I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise. Maybe it has to do with my childhood obsession with The love boat TV series (I secretly wanted to grow up and become just like Julie). I love the idea of enjoying life surrounded by the sea, sunbathing all day long sipping a fruity cocktail and visiting different cities without having to pack and unpack… and pack again. It’s perfect! But I don’t see myself in one of those huge cruise ships full of people that I don’t know and, let’s face it, that probably I won’t like. I’m in my 30s. I know I’m antisocial by now.
Some days ago I read an article about Urbanauts and I though I had to share it with you. Urbanauts is a new accommodation concept that three architect friends have developed in Vienna. They have turned old vacant shops into street lofts, that is individual hotel rooms. The services that are normally provided by a hotel, such as breakfast, dry cleaning etc. have been replaced by local shops: the coffe shop around the corner becomes the breakfast lounge, dinner is served in the coolest restaurant of the neighbourhood, the spa is just two bloks away… This way they emphasize local infrastructure and at the same time, their guests live a really authentic experience feeling like locals. They will even tell you where to have your jeans customized! I can’t think of any hotel that offers that service… ;)
What do you think? I think is a great idea! That’s the oposite of mainstream, isn’t it?
PS: you can find our little guide to Vienna here.
Images via Urbanauts
We’ve always wanted to visit Iceland. We picture it as a enigmatic, breathtaking landscape with a fascinating cultural scene. As teenagers we were crazy about Björk’s music and her completely new aesthetic and afterwards we have been following Sigur Rós career.
Iceland would be a great destination to enjoy nature, silence, northern lights, hot springs and, of course, music. 101 Hotel seems the perfect headquarters to explore the über modern Reykjavik!
Have you ever visited this amazing country? We would love to know!
We keep on dreaming about sun, warm weather and endless walks by the sea. I guess that’s the consequence of the endless German Winter. We have thought that it’s about time we stop daydreaming and start organizing a little getaway to one of the best places in the world to get over Winter: a Mediterranean island. We are thinking about Mallorca… And look at the hotel that we have discovered, it’s a dream!
Tomorrow is St. Valentine’s day. I know that lots of people find this day cheesy and silly, but hey, every reason to celebrate love and eat chocolate is fantastic to me so… Go St. Valentine! :)
I thought I’d share with you the most romantic place in the world for me. It’s Ravello, a little village in the Amalfi Coast. Up in the mountains, it’s full of luscious secret gardens and it has the most breathtaking views. It’s also a very meaningful place for us… here we spent our honeymoon! Ravello is quieter that the rest of the Amalfi coast, it has a peaceful atmosphere and a very different energy. Here you feel that the world can wait. Time seems to have stopped in its little alleys.
Cumpá Cosimo (Via Roma, 44, 84010 Ravello) is a tiny trattoria were you can eat delicious traditional dishes. With its simple checkered tableclothes and its amazing gnocchi is the best place to have a little romantic dinner. We had our first honeymoon dinner there and it sure was something to remember.
Which is the most romantic place in the world for you? I’d love to know!
This weekend Berlin will be the place to be. The super cool cosmopolitan Berlinale Film Festival opens its doors this Thursday. There are other film festivals, but if you like cinema, this is THE festival. Films of every genre, length and format find their place in the various sections of the festival. While other festivals pay more attention to red carpets and advertising, the Berlinale lays the focus on films, new perspectives and the global film community.
Unfortunately, this year we won’t be able to attend the Festival. We are really upset because one of our favourite directors, Isabel Coixet, will present her new film: Ayer no termina nunca. This film features also one of the best Spanish actresses: Candela Peña. So we need to watch it as soon as possible! Coixet’s scripts, photography and sensitivity are unique and her films have a honest yet dreamlike atmosphere that fascinates us. Besides, she always wears super cute glasses and I love her for that.
So, if you have nothing planned for this weekend you should pack some things and go to Berlin. Berlin is full of life and creativity, it’s the perfect destination for those of you who love culture. There are thousands of nice places to stay, but I’ve heard that the Arte Luise Kunsthotel is a very interesting option: every room is designed by a young artist, so no two rooms of the hotel look alike!
And before a day full of art, nothing feels better that a great brunch. We highly recommend Barcomi’s Deli for lovely bagels, lovely cookies and lovely atmosphere.
I hope you enjoy our recommendations about Berlin! Please don’t hesitate to share more restaurants, hotels or hidden tips about Berlin in the comment section! And if you visit the Berlinale, please tell us about your favourite films! We’d love to hear!
More information about the Berlinale here.
If you happen to be in Madrid next weekend (8th to 10th February), please buy a couple of tickets and take someone to admire the Leipziger Ballet . They are staging Die Große Messe and I’m sure you won’t regret it.
If you love ballet like I do, you can’t miss it. I leave you with some pictures that are too beautiful not to post. All images via Teatros del Canal – ANDREAS BIRKIGT . Tickets here.